There are those who speak for. The ones who see the fight as a historic opportunity for equality in Saudi Arabia.
And then there are those that have taken place in the second trench. Opponents.
at the time Of writing it is difficult to find people who are in the middle.
For it is the controversial cases, the Super Cup match 16. January between the years, Juventus and AC Milan, have brought with them.
the Match must be played in the city of Jeddah in a country that has had its own views on human rights through time and which has the killing of journalist Jamal Kashoggi on his conscience.
as regards the former, the Italian football federation prided itself on the fact that the fight will be historic because it will be the first time in history, saudi arabian women are going to attend an international football match at the stadium - without having to be accompanied by men.
- Our Super Cup goes down in history as the first time, saudi women can go to an international football match, proclaimed Gaetano Micciche, who is president of Serie A.
last year, women were allowed to go to football.
But it gives the minister of the interior in Italy, Matteo Salvini, who is an ardent AC Milan fan, not a burned out Italian lire.
- I will not watch the match. Football is a slave to the business and tv, hisses he according to news agency AP, adding that it is 'a shame' that the match must be played in a country where women can't go to the football unaccompanied by men.
And he backed supposedly up by several politicians in the european parliament.
For one thing, that women must come out and watch football at the stadium. They must reside in specific tribuneafsnit, the so-called familieafsnit, where they do not come in contact with men...
There are, incidentally, sold out for the match. It happened in less than two days. The first of 50,000 tickets smoke over the counter in the course of four hours.
the Killing of Kashoggi generating, in addition, numerous requests to move the purge. Among other things, from the tv-journalists ' trade unions, which is interesting since the state-funded television station RAI shows the fight. The federation has called it 'absurd and unacceptable', that the match is being played in the country just three months after the killing.
Five people are arrested and charged with the killing. The prosecutor's office in Saudi Arabia in the first place required the death penalty.
Gaetano Micciche concedes that the killing has meant that Serie A has been questioned by Saudi Arabia as the host. But it was agreed that it was still the right thing to do.
- Football is a part of Italy's cultural and economic system, and it can't separate itself from the country's other interests and relationships. Saudi Arabia is Italy's largest commercial partner in the Middle east, he says, and adds, that the fight is instrumental in promoting Italy and Italian values.
It is a half years ago, the Italian league announced an agreement with Saudi Arabia on the settlement of three of the next five Super Cup matches. an agreement that has brought 20 million euros - equivalent to just under 150 million dollars and 26 million dollars to each of the participating clubs.
It is no news that the Super Cup played abroad. Since the first in 1993, this has happened 11 times. By 2016, when Qatar settled the match, which also was between the two big clubs from the north of Italy.